October 25 - 31 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
The hazards of lead paint are well known to ECOBOND®’s commercial and industrial customers: permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and kidneys, behavioral disorders, and even death. The EPA chose this week to issue its report on enforcement of federal regulations regarding Lead Paint Demolition over the last year. Those regulations, known as the Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Act ("RRP Rule") are designed to ensure the safety of owners of older homes as well as children in pre-1978 child-care centers.
RRP Rule violations during the fiscal year October 2014 through September 2015 resulted in 75 actions being settled. All violators were required to bring their renovations up to EPA standards. Most were required to pay a monetary penalty as well. In five of those cases the renovation contractor was assessed a hefty penalty in excess of $25,000! The biggest loser was the Garden Homes Management Corp. which paid a whopping $54,644 fine in addition to the expense of cleaning up its own mess. For more specifics on the report and the companies fined see the EPA website here. The EPA's report shows a heightened focus on the renovators of older construction. Approximately 2/3 of the violations settled were for failure to obtain appropriate EPA certification prior to commencement of repairs.
ECOBOND® is well versed in EPA requirements and your responsibilities as a lead-based paint renovator. Contact us to see how we can be the first step to putting you and your project on the right side of the law with our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula